The Infinite DiscA sculpture by Charlie Hall

What the Sculptor created:

The gate the disc lives in is in the shape of “pi” (as in “pi r squared”) which is a common designation for the concept of infinity.  The disc itself is a representation of the Universe.  The hole in the “Universe” is a reference to the infinite void.  The cracks in the rose-colored glass disc represent all the mysteries of the Universe.

The rose-colored glass is actually a “billet” from Schott Optical Glass and is used in the making of rose-colored lenses for eyeglasses. This particular billet did not pass muster and was therefore simply taken to the yard.  It was not annealed, and I picked up the glass while still in its casting mold.  We assembled it, cut the “void” hole, polished it to optical surface standards, placed a stainless steel perforated band around it, and suspended the piece using high-strength stainless steel fittings. It is actually suspended with a fitting that allows it to move on its vertical axis.

Artist
Charlie Hall I designed and executed this piece in the mid-80s while still living in Fort Wayne, IN. It has been at my residence in Rochester, outdoors for about 15 years.
Location
Old Art Building X111 S Main St, Leland, MI 49654, USA
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Up to the LightA Song by Joshua Davis

What the musician saw in the sculpture:

The sculpture drew me in. The cracks resonated with me, I felt a kinship with it.  I’m going through a big phase of self-realization that has shown me I have some big cracks within.  It’s only when you look at the sculpture from a certain angle that you see the cracks.  On one side you see just wholeness.  On the other you see the beauty in the flaws.  There’s beauty in the way things that are shattered get put back together that is beautiful. There is a vulnerability in hanging something up like that, to let people see all the way through.  It felt like a really revealing and vulnerable piece of work, That huge heavy thing hanging out there for all to see in its broken beauty.

The melody came first.  As a simple plain out front offering.  The lyric is the heart of the sculpture for me.  I used a metaphor of a vase dropping and shattering.  I liked the idea of trying to put it back together but it never being the way it was.  The magic of vulnerability of being flawed and being transparent about it is what the sculpture is all about for me.  It’s like being a musician on stage; Being seen as whole but the songs show the cracks and that is what is beautiful about it.

Artist
Joshua Davis JOSHUA DAVIS WAS RAISED IN THE FOLK TRADITION: THE MUSIC, THE SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, THE LAND. Speaking or singing, the voice of Joshua Davis is a disarming instrument: weathered and warm, as capable of conjuring confessional intimacy on a global stage as it is of making a small room, well off the beaten path, resonate with startling urgency and power. Couple it with an earnest poetic sensibility, a boundless work ethic, and an uncanny gift for connecting with audiences spanning generations, and it’s no wonder that Davis is now poised at the brink of the sort of widespread recognition that typically passes right over such a humble troubadour. Over the past twenty years, Michigan-based Davis has honed an impressive range of skills – songwriter, bandleader, guitarist, and vocalist among them – in the most honest possible fashion: night after night, song after song, show after show Davis simply delivered every performance as though his life depended on it. Investing himself in the American musical diaspora, he has explored the common thread connecting folk, blues, jazz, ragtime, and country forms – discovering his personal perspective as a composer in the process. “My sound is rooted in the folk tradition,” Davis explains, “but it’s not folk music. Terms like Americana, roots rock, and heartland rock come up, but there’s so much more to it than that. I’m not a purist: I play with that American folk lineage, I play with those metaphors.” His versatility and ravenous musical curiosity has resulted in a divergent and fervent output. Since his appearance as a finalist on Season 8 of NBC’s “The Voice”, Davis has been churning out an album a year and has plans to continue to do so. His sensibilities shine brightest on his latest trio of solo releases, each a thoughtful dispatch on life, love, change, and growth. He’s currently touring in support of “Live From The Robin.” His first solo effort captures his essence in a way that pares his songs down to their emotional, musical and lyrical roots. Recorded over the span of two nights, this documents a raw and revealing glimpse of an artist who has his finger on the pulse of a culture, a culture that lives, loves and laughs, cries, mourns and heals. Joshua’s authenticity plucks all of the right heartstrings, soars on the updrafts, and plumbs the depths of the human experience. This is a deep and warm conversation with a room full of old friends. “I’ve wanted to make this album for years” says Davis. “And I’m so excited to share it. I love playing solo shows. It allows me the freedom to dig deep into my songs and really be in the moment with the audience.” Learn More
Location
A quiet bench from which to listen to the music and observe the sculpture114 S Main St, Leland, MI 49654, USA
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Beauty in the BrokennessA Painting by Kristin Mackenzie Hussey

Watercolor Gouche on Arches Coldpressed paper 11X14 (8×10 and 11×14 prints for sale)

What the artist heard in the song:

I imagined the songwriter looking at his kids and how fast childhood passes so fast and that things will never be the same as it was in youth.  I thought about the bitter-sweet feeling that nothing lasts forever and the happiness of youth where you’re so whole.  You love looking at your kids at a certain age and you know it can’t last.

Wanted to capture that moment when you realize how beautiful something is and want to keep it that way forever. 

I put a lot of pressure on myself to be perfect.  But the most beautiful things are impermanent and won’t last.

The lyric talked a lot about pieces being broken, held up to the light and never being the same again.  The flowers lean toward the light and are wilting.  They won’t stay beautiful.  The vase is broken but it still has the capacity to hold the bouquet together as a group, as a beautiful arrangement. 

Perfectionism has pulled me toward watercolors cause you can’t go back/  I wanted to create an image that showed that it doesn’t matter if you’re perfect.  Things can be beautiful AND broken. 

When you first see the painting you don’t notice the imperfections.  It’s just beauty.  It’s only when you look closer that you see the brokenness of the vase and wilting of the flowers.  It’s only when you look closely that you see the beauty in the brokenness and the actual authenticity of living.

Vase=when you’ve gone through different periods of life that have left a scar on you that you pretend that you’re fine but held up to the light it’s clear it’s broken

Flowers= growth that comes from moving through difficult times and focusing on hope.  The authenticity of showing up as you are even with scars of the past.

Light= continue to have hope about difficult situations and that you can continue to grow.

The big message:  Things can never be the same again and that can be sad, but can also make you focus and treasure the beauty that is fleeting.

Artist
Kristin MacKenzie Hussey Leland, Michigan follow: www.instagram.com/kristinmacdesign Learn More
Location
The Warren106 N Main St, Leland, MI 49654, USA
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Beauty in the BrokennessA Poem by Michelle Leask

What the poet saw in the painting:

It felt like the painting, woke me and freed me from behind a door I hadn’t walked through in far too long. The poem seemed to write itself and after, I felt lighter and straighter; grateful for the release similar to how it feels after a healing ceremony.

I thought it  (the painting) was a beautiful piece, simple with soft easy colors to keep the eyes flowing. I instantly felt peace in the mix of colors and had a sense of “preparedness” when I saw the cracks in the vase/jar the plants were in. I, then, noticed that the flowers were wilting and starting to die, a detail that escaped me because of how beautifully the colors of the whole composition grabbed me and settled my mind. I am always inspired by duality and balance which the painting that inspired my poem does really well. The “call to action” in the poem is really raising awareness around self-care and finding balance in our busy challenging lives.

Artist
Michelle Leask I am an Anishinaabe citizen of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewas. I love being able to express myself through beading, painting, and creative writing or poetry but right now too much of my focus has been onthe work I do in tribal public health/education around reducing the effects of childhood trauma and increasing birth equity. While I am passionate about being able to support my Native American relatives, writing this poem reminded me that I, too, need to re-balance myself and do more self care by carving out more time for being creative and playful.
Location
Leelanau Books109 N Main St, Leland, MI 49654, USA
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"Untitled," PotteryA vessel by Benjamin Maier

Specs: 13x13x7

What the potter understood from the poem:

The poem was a call to action “don’t give up” it said, “there is hope in the world if you’re willing to look for it.”  The poem asked me to let go of preconceived judgments.  There is beauty in the brokenness.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  There is no absolute beauty.  It belongs to each person who is willing to see it and let it in.

I created a raw unglazed object straight out of the kiln.  My piece is about the intimate and pure eye one needs to have to the beauty in the world.  If we don’t discredit what on the outside seems unlovely, and are willing to take the risk of opening the lid, we find that there is beauty, and smoothness inside. 

I wanted to create an opportunity to see something rough and unglazed, to go through whatever is necessary; judgment, fear, disinterest, distrust.. to find willingness and curiosity to lean in, go inside and finally to be rewarded with beauty. 

The lavender inside the container represents the possibility of real love.  It’s a metaphor for my mother.  She loved lavender and taught me to love it.  I have passed that love onto my boys.  I like the idea that it’s the through line of love through the generations of my family.

Poem’s lines represented in pottery

Wilted Flowers point to the exterior finish of my vessle

Brokeness points to the vessle’s lavender which has wilted and died but if you squeeze it and interact with it, it lives on in the fragrance.

 

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Artist
Benjamin Maier Working in the studio gives meaning and rhythm to my life. As a potter I am interested in exploring the table as an installation environment. The table offers me a stage to showcase the theater of my work. Tremendous potential for exploration begins as the relationships between pots are examined. I make pottery holding functional qualities, plates, vases, cups or teapots, however, I challenge myself and my audience to look beyond function and use the medium to address artistic concepts including metaphor, perception, and human interaction. I continually question my relationship to pottery in daily life and how it has the potential to impact me and others. The table and pottery have the capability to increase awareness of human interaction and stimulate conversation on a level that is slowly being eroded by the diminished presence of the table in our daily lives. Through my work, I am curious to examine the important role and presence of the table in contemporary society. My work is influenced by architecture and design that reflect qualities of efficient, quiet strength. Atmospheric firing enhances the linear quality of my work, while offering reflections of the natural world. A story is told by the kiln and recorded on the surfaces of pots in atmospheric firings, especially in wood fired kilns. As I examine my own work, I am curious about examining the tension of form achieved not only from negative space around the pot but also by the expanse of volume from within a pot. Correspondingly, as the tension within the surface of a pot is engaged, another avenue for exploration is exposed through surface design and intense flashing . Artists such as Voulkos, Picasso, Brancussi and Matisse mastered these concepts in their work. I am intellectually engaged by these artists, and continually contemplating how they inform my work. Through the engagement and creation of pottery, I strive to raise more questions about my life and existence rather than finding answers. I feel fortunate to have clay connect me to, and engage me in, the present moment of time. Learn More
Location
Benjamin Maier Ceramics104 N Main St, Leland, MI 49654, USA
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"Infinity"Textile by Maggie Revel Mielczarek

Vynal Canvas & Acrylic

What the Textile Designer got from the pottery

I don’t usually gravitate towards plums and magentas and orange but thats what  I was picking up on from the vessel I received.  What I felt from the pottery was a sense of safety and warmth with a secret hidden inside.  I felt a sense of maternal warmth on the inside contrasted against a grey sort of bleakness on the outside and thought about how two sensations weave together. 

I started thinking about infinity… the round shape…. a never-ending cycle.

In life you’re striving for a balance: Protect what is valuable and vulnerable inside while remaining soft and fluid.  It’s important to have boundaries but you don’t want to be hard.  It’s a constant challenge and balance for the purpose of self-preservation.    

The inside of the vessel reps who I am as a person… the outside is the semi-permeable membrane around me that allows that which is chosen and worthy to be let in.  

The jewels are the magenta.  The orange is what you put out there which is also a choice.  You get what you give.  The jewels are the brightness worth protecting AND worth sharing.

 

 

Artist
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Interpretations

Corner Box

I hear the longing of youth to be grown up and the longing of the old to be young again. I hear the ache of sunburn and the relief of the shade. I hear eyes newly exposed to the light and the desire to rest. The desire to sleep.


Sally Taylor